Kane Williamson has begun his new IPL season as the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad in style, picking up a nine-wicket win easily over the Rajasthan Royals overnight. He made full use of the life he got early on and went on to score an unbeaten 78.
Mumbai Indians were doing perfectly fine in their opening match against Chennai Super Kings and had the match all sealed after reducing them to the score of 84/6 while chasing 166.
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And, in batting, if Shikhar Dhawan fires at the top half the job is done for the home team even as his partner Wriddhiman Saha should be in the mood to make amends for his failure in the first game. He finished the game on 77 from 57 balls.
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Hardik, who had twisted his ankle in the first innings, returned on the field to bowl against CSK and is expected to be available for the match on Thursday. Williamson, meanwhile, was a touch more conservative compared to Dhawan. Rishabh Pant came in to bat at Number 5 and that seemed to put him under additional pressure. The Sunrisers will play the Mumbai Indians on Friday morning for a chance to retain their position at the top of the ladder. It was then that Dwayne Bravo’s innings really took off, smashing 20 runs in the next two overs of Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah. Here are the key moments from the match: Rashid Khan takes catch off Sanju Samson The Afghan player took a brilliant catch off Shakib Al Hasan’s bowling to dismiss Sanju Samson. He is one of the contenders for the Purple Cap this year.
While the Rajasthan Royals bowling attack had plenty of variety, that did not translate to success on the pitch; their bowlers managed to pick up only a solitary wicket in the match against SRH. Sunrisers conceded only 12 boundaries and no sixes against Rajasthan in the first game.
Shikhar Dhawan’s blazing form has continued, which is the biggest shot in the arm for the “Orange Army” apart from a bowling attack that looks potent on any surface.
The Sunrisers got immediate success after the start of the match as the Royals’ opening batsman D Arcy Short was caught short of his crease with Williamson’s rocket throw from the mid-off rattled the wickets in the final ball of Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s opening over. He will hope to perform well in the rest of the tournament and get the selectors to notice his performances.